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The Consortium of Greenways presents the government team project Greenway Totana and Cartagena-La Pinilla-Mazarrón branch (10/11/2015)

The Consortium of Greenways in the Region of Murcia, a company belonging to the Institute of Tourism, presented to the municipal government team Greenway project Totana and Cartagena-La Pinilla-Mazarrón branch, to be undertaken before the end 2016, creating a major axis of 60 kilometers for activities especially hiking and cycling.

The mayor, Juan José Canovas, the first deputy mayor, Andres Garcia and the Councillor for Tourism, Agustín Gonzalo Martinez, recently met with the manager of that regional consortium, Juan Soria, and the head of the Department of Infrastructures Institute of Tourism, Juan Pedro Marin, to know the peculiarities of the project and how it will affect this county.

Local officials, who have also been accompanied by several municipal technicians of the areas involved in this project have seen firsthand the project for upgrading the railway line Totana, Cartagena and La Pinilla said branch-Mazarrón for use as greenways .

This technical project includes the provision of this pathway as ecotourism route in the future serve as a recreational option and respectful approach to the environment as itinerary, of great ecological value and landscape integration, nonmotorized among these populations.

The layout is the result of an ambitious project early last century that had as main objective to unite the military bases of Cadiz and Cartagena;

and in the case of the Region of Murcia it was in the modest intention of uniting the region of Guadalentín with the Campo de Cartagena and Mazarrón.

The initial implementation involved the construction of the platform installed but never reached the tracks, which never became railway;

and what is now intends to leverage this infrastructure is by design of the platform of the railway line as a greenway.

The upgrading project linking the most important centers of the route Totana-Fuente Alamo (32 kilometers), Fuente Álamo-Cartagena (21 kilometers) and the branch La Pinilla-Mazarrón (13.8 kilometers);

and the works will start soon and have a lead time of about 15 months.

In addition, it includes the return of the trace in areas where it has been occupied, the rehabilitation and improvement of existing firm for hiking and cycling and the construction of drainage works for proper operation and maintenance.

Signaling especially vertical placement of elements of protection for both the user (railings) to prevent the passage of vehicles and environmental recovery, with numerous plantations of native species to create shaded areas and enabling also included rest areas along the way (every 600 or 800 meters).

The firm of the route will be through single multifunctional treatment by a soil mixed with gravel stabilized with cement for use on foot, bicycle and other equestrian activities or related to ecotourism.

The layout depends largely Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF) with which it has signed an agreement for the cession and the project is integrated into the National Greenways Program, coordinated by the Spanish Railways Foundation under the Ministry Development.

The project was initiated in the region and in the same integrated up to 15 municipalities in Murcia by extending the tracks;

and it provides for the commencement of work at the end of Cartagena, where the route of the road (council of Sorrows) party;

so the work will be extended for the remainder of the year and throughout 2016.

Councilman Tourism totanero Agustin Gonzalo Martinez, said the aim of the Tourism Institute is to connect the Greenway Cartagena, Totana, through the famous "Water Trail" in Sierra Espuña, with the Northwest Greenway, which connects the capital of Murcia and Caravaca.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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